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Sep 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
despite objections from president obama. mahmoud abbas asked the united nations to formally recognize an independent palestinian state. manuel gallegus reports. >> reporter: palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, waived his application -- waved his application for statehood buyer the -- before the united nations general assembly. >> it is time for palestinians to gain their independence and freedom. >> reporter: some members gave abbas a standing ovation. in his statement, he was highly critical of israel. >> allow israel to occupy it forever and will it allow it to stay above the law? >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said a settlement is not the issue. >> the core of the issue has always been and remains, the refusal of palestinians to recognize a jewish state. >> reporter: both abbas and israel said they want peace, even as violence continued back in the middle east. >> reporter: rocks and tear gas mill filled the -- filled the west bank. in one, they shot and killed a palestinian man, during a clash with israeli settlers. but when night fell, thousands gathered in ramallah to watch the speech. but when the israeli prime minister got behind the podium, the crowd started throwing shoes at the screen. >> reporter: abbas. and the u.s. vows to support israel, promising its veto power to stop any resolution
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